A few years after being diagnosed with fibromyalgia, I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis — an autoimmune disease in which the immune system attacks the thyroid gland. I was now hypothyroid, for which the standard treatment is Synthroid. Synthroid ordinarily works like a charm. But not on me.
I was eager to start treatment; but, within five minutes of the first dose, I had a terrible reaction. My endocrinologist assumed I was having a reaction to the inert ingredients, fillers, or dyes in the medication. He suggested I try another synthetic thyroid medication. I followed his directions and experienced the same symptoms.
The doctor could not explain this, and informed me that, in his many years of practice, he had never had a patient experience this phenomenon.
I was now worse off, experiencing the symptoms of severe hypothyroidism without any prospect of treatment with accepted medication.
If you have fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue syndrome, visual problems aren’t our primary concern. In fact, they aren’t a normal consequence of fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue syndrome. But they can arise as bothersome secondary problems that need special attention. I find my eye’s tend to bother me from:
stress and fatigue of the syndrome
complications of the various treatment options
Although no studies confirm a relationship between dry eye disease and fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue, I experience dry-eye symptoms. I am finding this leads to cloudy & unhealthy eyes & poor vision.
The Emotional Component of Chronic Pain, is very real. If you are a patient, spouse, or child of someone with chronic pain if effects your life. And it is very difficult, this video will help you and your family understand living with chronic pain.
Cassius DeFlon, MD, William Beaumont Hospital, MI, and Leon Rubenfaer, MD- Providence Hospital, MI share advice with patients, spouses and children.
TMJ three letters that stand for…PAIN. The medical term is Temporomandibular Joint Disorders.
TMD is a musculoskeletal disorder, which means that it affects muscles and bones. Sometimes people refer to TMD as TMJ, the correct term, as recommended by the American Dental Association, is TMD, or temporomandibular disorders. (either term causes pain for those of us who suffer from the condition)
Musculoskeletal disorders are the most prevalent cause of chronic health problems, disabilities, and health care utilization. They are the second most common reason for restricting activity and consuming medication.
Many patients with fibromyalgia don’t think of their feet as an area, that needs special care. But there are common foot problems in fibromyalgia patients. Many of us have:
Poor mechanical alignment
Insufficient shock absorption
Poor weight distribution over the bottom of the foot
But wearing good shoes is one way we can ease the pain. Cushioning is essential for patients with chronic pain. Therefore, don’t get rigid-soled shoes with hard rubber or leather soles. Look for a shoe with adequate cushioning that you can compress with both thumbs. If you can compress the sole with your thumb, the shoe will compress adequately when your heel strikes the ground.